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Winner to be announced Jan. 19. Who will it be?

One of these 11 business leaders will be named the overall 2012 Chamber Small Business Leader of the Year Jan. 19. Stayed tuned to meet the winner!

“We congratulate our 2012 Small Business Leader of the Year winners,” said John Bryan, director of the Beaches Division and Chamber Councils. “They are exemplary leaders who have achieved great success in their respective fields and outstanding representatives of the Chamber’s membership.”

The 11 Northeast Florida business leaders were selected for the honor by the Chamber Councils, the Beaches Division and the Entrepreneurial Growth Division. One of these 11 business leaders will be named the overall 2012 Chamber Small Business Leader of the Year at the JAX Chamber’s Annual Meeting Jan. 19, 2012.

The 2012 Small Business Leader of the Year (SBLY) winners are:

Tara Yvette Forrest, Florida Imageworks and Promotions (, Mandarin Council

Yvette is president of Forrest Florida Group Inc. dba Florida Imageworks & Promotions, a company that provides screen printing, embroidery, signs, printing, and promotional items from its manufacturing and retail location in Ponte Vedra. Yvette takes care of your apparel, promotional, sign, and marketing needs and is only limited by your imagination. She takes pride in branding your company in new, energetic, and creative ways.

Dr. Joanna Frantz, In Motion Physical Therapy (, Beaches Division

Joanna is owner of In Motion Physical Therapy, which provides physical therapy, massage therapy, post-surgical and cancer rehabilitation programs to the Jacksonville community. She works with local doctors to address the patient’s musculoskeletal diagnosis to correct their movement impairments. Along with medical services, she provides high-quality, injury specific rehabilitation equipment as appropriate for individual needs.

Ann Freeman, River City Security Services, Inc. (, Entrepreneurial Growth Division

Ann is president and CEO of River City Security Services, Inc., a woman-owned contract security guard and patrol agency providing armed and unarmed security services to customers in Jacksonville, Orlando and Ocala including non-profit organizations, select residential and special or seasonal security needs customers. She offers turn-key service for first-time security service buyers, with the majority of her customers being seasoned purchasers of contracted security solutions.

Sandy Knowles, Coordinated Benefits Group (, North Council

Sandy is account executive at Coordinaed Benefits Group, Inc., an employee benefits and insurance solutions company that is small enough to care and know its clients, and big enough to serve its globally distributed employee population. Sandy researches and develops benefits packages for small to large businesses, implements and manages the company benefits, and provides human resource support, as well as claims and billing assistance.

Jennifer Marko, Bottle Snugglers (, Arlington Council

Jennifer is president of Marko Holdings, Inc. dba Bottle Snugglers, a plush animal designed to support a baby bottle at the proper feeding angle during baby’s feeding time, providing the feeder a free hand to tend to other tasks. She manufactures the patented baby bottle holders and sells them on her website and in stores, as well as on other retail websites in the United States and a few other countries.

Diana Otwell, Spectrum Signs and Graphics (, South Council

Diana is president and owner of Spectrum Signs and Graphics, Inc., a full-service provider of signs and graphics products to local, regional and national companies. She provides quality sign manufacturing including wide-format digital printing, indoor and outdoor signs, ADA signs, trade show displays, channel lettering, custom banners, dimensional letters, engraved signs, menu boards, magnetics, illuminated signs, directories, routed and sandblasted signs, vehicle/fleet graphics and more.

Chad Perce, iMethods, LLC (, Jacksonville IT Council

Chad is CEO of iMethods, LLC, an award-winning, values-driven Information Technology (IT) staffing and consulting company serving both the healthcare industry and the broader business community. In the process, he also supports other businesses and entrepreneurs and provides meaningful opportunities for the skilled professionals he recruits. His highly personal, detail-oriented approach to client needs is rooted in his commitment to excellence and integrity.

Sandy Polletta, Edgewood Bakery (, West Council

Sandy is owner and vice president of Edgewood Bakery Inc., an award-winning, full-service bakery that has diversified its product line and structure to now include a breakfast and lunch café, full-service corporate and social catering, an on-premise banquet hall, an evening upscale bistro, outdoor courtyard dining and an online bakery with shipping for corporate or personal use. Her mission is to provide customers the best quality naked goods and food with the best customer service possible.

Ann Sabbag, Health Designs (, Jacksonville Health Council

Ann is founder and CEO of Health Designs, a company aimed at improving the health, well-being, and productivity of its clients’ employees. She helps companies improve employee health, contain health care costs and build a healthy and productive workplace by providing worksite health assessments, health screenings, and face-to-face health coaching that motivates participants toward positive lifestyle changes.

Kirsten Schneider, Dinners Direct (, Professional Women’s Council

Kirsten is executive chef and owner of Dinners Direct, a delivery-only meal service that provides prepared, ready-to-cook meals. Customers order online from a monthly changing menu, and meals are packaged, labeled with cooking instructions, frozen and delivered to their home or office. Her mission is to help busy individuals and families put a nutritious meal on the table and reduce mealtime stress.

Jepp Walter, Marlin Technology (, Downtown Council

Jepp is owner of Marlin Technology, a technology based business supplying Information Technology services of many kinds, including but not limited to computer sales and support, PC help desk, network design and support, website design and hosting, telephone system sales and support, and data and telephone cabling. Jepp does this by helping customers understand their IT needs and desires and speaking to them in a language they can understand—not “techie.”

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